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Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel
Holbeck Lane

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Back in 1888, Lord Lonsdale (of boxing's Lonsdale Belt fame) was so taken by the views across Lake Windermere and the Langdale Fells that he bought Holbeck Ghyll for use as his Hunting Lodge. His idea of the perfect country residence has made a lasting impression on its style and appearance. 116 years on, the view has hardly altered at all but the house is now an hotel of outstanding character chosen in both 1998 and 2000 by the Cumbria Tourist Board as Hotel of the Year. Our congratulations go to David and Patricia Nicholson whose quest for excellence has made this charming hotel such a pleasure to visit.

The interiors are styled in the manner of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with a wealth of oak panelling and stained glass. Into this magnificence are interwoven the luxuries of a first class hotel and a connoisseur's clutter of a home; antiques, original paintings, flowers, really comfortable furniture…Success is evident in the addition of six luxury, lake view rooms in The Lodge, only 45 metres from the old house itself.


Part of the Holbeck experience is the Michelin Star dinner which features dishes classically prepared and artistically presented, much in the English style with a hint of France. Exciting and unusual vegetarian items are included in every course. Gourmets should go for the inclusive rate that includes dinner; they won't be disappointed.


Breathe in the pure Lake District air, be exhilarated by the 8 acres of beautiful surroundings; revitalized by the Sport and Spa facilities and treatments offered by Holbeck Ghyll, you'll soon feel wonderfully rejuvenated.

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Ratings/Awards: AA 4 Red Stars
Runner Up England for Excellence Hotel of the Year
Number of Rooms: 23
Number Ensuite: 23
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Cuisine: Traditional English with French influence
Awards: 3 AA Rosettes
Good Food Guide (rating of 7)
Michelin Star

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Credit Cards Accepted
Room Service
Disabled Access
Open All Year
Gym - Health Spa
Tennis Court
TV in Rooms
Satellite TV
MiniBar - in Lodge rooms
Conference/Business Facilities

Sample Menu:

A Selection of Canapés

Amuse Bouche

Veloute of Smoked Chicken and Celeriac


Terrine of Rabbit, Foie Gras and Cornfed
Chicken with Gribiche

Cannelloni of Crab and Smoked Salmon

Roasted Scallops with Celeriac and Balsamic Dressing
(Supplement of £3.00)

Seared Tuna with a Nicoise Salad

Salad of Mixed Leaves with Artichokes,
Pesto and Parmesan


Best End of Lamb with Shallot Puree and Rosemary Jus

Braised Daube of Beef with Pomme Puree and Root Vegetables

Roast Loin of Venison with Celeriac and Juniper

Roast Squab Pigeon with Confit Cabbage
and Madeira Sauce

Turbot Poached in Red Wine with Brandade and Braised Gem Lettuce


Assiette of Strawberry and Vanilla
Veuve Clicquot White Label Demi Sec NV £9.50 by the glass

Chocolate Plate
Elysium Black Muscat, Quady Winery, California £5.50 by the glass

Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla
Ice Cream
Muscat, de Beaumes-de-Venise £4.75 by the glass

Plate of Lemon
Beelgara Raisined Semillon, Australia £4.75 by the glass

Assiette of Apple
Coteaux du Layon, Langlois Chateau, Loire Valley £4.75 by the glass

A Selection of British and French Cheeses
(For guests wishing to have dessert and cheese,
a supplement of £8.50 will be charged)

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